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May Day

Volume 888: debated on Friday 14 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether, following the representations which he has received about the declaration of a May Day bank holiday, he will now make a statement.

Cost of wage settlements for mine workers, excluding officials and weekly paid industrial staff (£m.) 17·534·067·0*32·099·0†
Overall oms (cwts.)43·444·241·9‡45·842·3‡
Increase/decrease over previousyear (cwts.)+0·9+0·8-2·3+3·9-3·5
Percentage represented in total §costs by wages and salaries (percent.)56·055·052·055·056·0
* The figure of £85 million given on 29th February 1972—[Vol. 832, c. 83]—included officials and weekly paid industrial staff and certain consequentials of the Wilberforce settlement.
† The figure of £108·5 given on 19th March 1974—[Vol. 870, c. 58]—was calculated in accordance with para. 123 of the Pay Code and included officials and weekly paid industrial staff.
‡Figures affected by industrial action.
§Figures relate to all National Coal Board activities.